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High-profile gambling racket busted at Chandigarh’s Hotel Shiwalik view

During the raid, the accused — who were taken by surprise — entered into a scuffle with cops to evade arrest.

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2018 14:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Chandigarh Police busted a high-profile gambling racket at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17,on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Located in the city’s hub, Shivalikview is a luxury hotel run by the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation.

A team led by Chandigarh deputy superintendent of police (DSP, central) Krishan Kumar raided the hotel premises late night and caught 27 people taking part in illegal betting in room number 401 on the fourth floor.

“During the raid, the accused — who were taken by surprise — entered into a scuffle with cops to evade arrest,” said a police official, privy to the investigation.

Investigating officials said that among the men rounded up by the police there are businessmen from Rajpura, Zirakpur and other parts of Punjab.

Police have recovered Rs 16.4 lakh from the room. Boxes of gambling dices and 95 tokens were also taken into possession.

The 27 men who have been detained told police that one Avinash Maasa was running the racket along with his aides. Maasa is the main operator in the north region, said police.

A case under the gambling act has been registered at the Sector-17 police station.

Got tip-off during mock drill

Sources said police had conducted a mock drill in the same hotel on Tuesday morning, during which they got a tip-off about the gambling racket going on in the hotel from an insider. The person allegedly also sent pictures to the cops as proof.

After verifying the information, Krishan Kumar formed a special team to conduct the raid. It included Sarangpur inspector Ram Rattan and Lakhbir Singh of the Sector-11 police station.

Investigating officials said they are probing the role of the hotel staff as well. Employees and other management officials are being quizzed, they said.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 14:06 IST